UK: Pompeo calls for international coalition to 'push back' against Communist Party of China

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on «every nation» to form a coalition to help push back against the activities of China's ruling party, while speaking to the press alongside UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, in London on Tuesday. “The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) exploitation of this disaster for its own interest has been disgraceful, rather than helping the world General Secretary Xi's shown the world the Party's two face. We've talked about how we've seen Hong Kong's freedoms crashed. We've watched the CCP bully its neighbours, militarised features in the South China Sea and instigated deadly confrontation with India,” stated Pompeo, adding «We want every nation to work together to push back against the Chinese Communist Party efforts, in every dimension that I've described to you today. It certainly includes the United Kingdom, it includes every country. We hope we can build a coalition that understands the threat will work collectively to convince the Chinese Communist Party is not in their best interest to engage in this kind of behaviour.» Pompeo also congratulated the UK government response to challenges posed by China, after banning Huawei from 5G networks, suspending the extradition treaty with Hong Kong and extending the arms embargo to the Special Administrative Region. “I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the British government for its principled responses to these challenges; you have made a sovereign decision to ban Huawei from future 5G networks, you have joined other free nations to condemn China’s broken promises on the Sino-British treaty, you generously opened your doors to Hong Kongers who seek nothing more than are fleeing just for some freedom, and yesterday you suspended your extradition treaty and extended your arms embargo on China to Hong Kong itself,» he added. During Pompeo’s visit to the United Kingdom, meetings with Prime Minister Johnson were also held, as both countries discussed COVID-19 economic recovery plans, post-Brexit trade agreement negotiations, in addition to issues regarding diplomatic relations with China, including Hong Kong.
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